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Spiritual Practices for These Times

With Rev. Leslie

How is it with your spirit? In these tumultuous times we must cultivate our spiritual health in order to be emotionally and physically well. Rev. Leslie will offer a toolkit of spiritual practices to help us take care of ourselves— and one another — in the days, weeks, and years to come.
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“We Are All Stardust”

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails

“For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.” -Carl Sagan

In the spirit of astrophysicist Carl Sagan’s belief that “we are all stardust,” this service will explore our place in the cosmos as “starstuff” contemplating itself and our place in a vast, ever expanding universe. This service will celebrate what we know — and what we don’t know — in equal measure.

or CALL IN: dial 669 900 9128, meeting ID#761060086
After the service, we’ll be holding a VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR!

Coffee With Rev. Leslie

Something on your mind? Just want to talk? Let’s catch up! Drop in anytime from 11 AM – 12 PM this Friday to chat with Rev. Leslie over coffee or tea.

or CALL IN: dial 669 900 9128, meeting ID#188318878

The Story We Find Ourselves in

Speaker: Jana Peirce  Lay Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Music: Susan Grace

What is the life story that we tell ourselves about who we are? What happens when the events that unfold in our lives don’t follow the script we’ve
written for ourselves? Cognitive scientists are finding that autobiographical story-telling has great influence over the choices we make and how we respond to crises. This service will explore how we create and use personal narrative and what happens when we find we need to write a new ending.

or CALL IN: dial 669 900 9128, meeting ID#761060086
Jana Peirce & Rev. Leslie will lead our second online worship service.
After the service, we’ll be holding a VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR!

Finding Meaning in Mortality

Coordinators: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails and Eric Muehling  Music: Marsha Sousa

Recognizing our mortality can help us take stock of our lives. Is life a circle? Or linear journey? Unitarian Universalist views about life after death are informed by both science and spiritual traditions. This service explores emotional, spiritual, cultural, and religious understandings of mortality.

Music and Pi(e) Night

Plenty For All is holding an exciting fundraiser at UUFF on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Doors will open at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $40.00 at the door.

Price of the ticket includes:
Jazz, Folk, Blues, Klezmer music by the extraordinary talents of:
Dave Snyderman
Paul Krejci and Flynn Ludington
Dave and Nelson Felix
Julie Rafferty
Carey Seward
Cherie Bowman

Appetizer Pies and Dessert Pies
Wine and Coffee
And an opportunity to bid on Homemade Pies.

Contact Jane Trainor at for more information

Basava: Successful Social Reformation on the Paths of Buddha and Jesus

Speaker: Shiva Hullavarad Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder Music: Marsha Sousa

The 11th century Indian social reformer Basava kindled a revolution to quell caste hierarchy and bring social justice, harmony, and respect for human dignity inherited from broad teachings of Vedas, Buddha and Jesus. Our returning guest speaker Shiva Hullavarad will explain how the concept of Anubhava Mantapa — the Abode of Realization — formed the basis of a mass movement that continues to this day.

Music in the Woods: Paul Krejci as Medieval Keyneval

Music in the Woods presents Paul Krejci as Medieval Keyneval: Performing +500-year-old original and arranged musical stunts on a modern piano. Saturday, February 22 at 7:30pm at UUFF. Suggested donation $10

Gratitude as Resilience

Speaker: Rev. Eric Kaminetzky  Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Music:  Marsha Sousa

At times like these, it might sound odd to seek after gratitude. But gratitude might be just what we need to make it through. Rev. Eric Kaminetzky will bring us some stories, some information, and a laugh or two to brighten up the morning. Come on out. Come on over. We’re better together.

Chicken Soup for the UU Soul

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Eric Muehling Music: Vera Alexander

“We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves.” —Albert Camus

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder of the Trauma Stewardship Institute, describes the time we are living in as “The Age of Overwhelm.” How do we keep ourselves emotionally and spiritually with so much joy and heartache vying for our souls’ attention? How do we transform our struggles into sources of possibility and new life?